Partners Kevin Kernan and Tom Figueroa will Co-Lead a Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity Leadership
JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, has formed a dedicated Cybersecurity Practice to assist public and private equity-backed companies in identifying and recruiting high-performance leaders. The firm brings a 40-year successful track record placing CEOs and C-Suite leaders into industry-leading Cybersecurity businesses, as well as placing Chief Security Officers & CISOs into investor-backed and public companies across all sectors. This newly dedicated team is well positioned to assist clients in finding the talent necessary to increase enterprise value, generate improved shareholder returns and ensure security best practices in all market conditions.
“Since our founding 40 years ago, JM Search has established a significant track record of partnering with companies that require transformational leadership to help drive operational efficiency, revenue growth and increased enterprise value,” said John Marshall, JM Search’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “By formalizing this practice as a Cybersecurity leadership center of excellence, we’re solidifying our long-standing commitment to helping clients remain at the forefront of security best practices and innovation amidst rapidly changing threat vectors, continued disruption, and required changes brought on by a global pandemic and the lasting consequences”.
Marshall adds: “Exemplifying the strength of our commitment is the depth and breadth of our team’s overall recruiting capabilities. With deep knowledge and complementary experience, Kernan and Figueroa will anchor a team of senior JM Search leaders who are unmatched in their ability to assist companies with all aspects of cyber-focused talent sourcing, including executive leadership within cybersecurity companies and security leadership functions (CEO, CSO & CISO) across all market segments.”
As a former Cybersecurity CEO, Kernan hired the entire leadership team for Secure Software, a venture backed application security business which was acquired in 2007. Kernan transitioned into retained executive search in 2010 and has completed over 200 leadership projects, including Board Directors, CEOs, CSOs, and CISOs for investor backed and public cybersecurity firms globally. Figueroa joined JM Search in 2003 and has consistently received industry recognition from Hunt Scanlon as a top executive recruiter in the cybersecurity sector. As a member of the JM Search Management Team, he plays a key role in setting strategy for the overall business, has built a thriving FinTech Practice, and continues to play a key role in attracting and hiring world-class search executives to JM Search.
Recognized Cybersecurity expert and former Chief Security Officer at Nuance and Citrix, Stan Black had this to say while pointing to JM Search’s proven executive search track record: “Savvy companies across industries are evolving their understanding of not only cybersecurity but all dimensions of the security landscape, including physical and employee protection in an increasingly complex world where right now the focus has to be on doing more for less. The shift to a fully digital world, new work from home requirements, and an emphasis on endpoint security are all spurring demand for more sophisticated technologies and informed experienced leadership.” Black advised JM Search on forming a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
JM Search is a premier retained executive search firm and trusted advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing and delivering high performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. JM Search clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors. With national reach and local market depth, the firm’s partner-led approach enables JM Search to deliver exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value.
JM Search’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence sources the most sought-after security leaders and innovators for major public and private equity-backed companies seeking high-profile roles including CEO, COO, CSO and CISO, among other senior posts. Our deep knowledge of the marketplace and North American reach ensure that clients of JM Search have access to first-rate talent with proven abilities to grow enterprise value, drive revenue, deliver operational efficiency, and manage security and risk for complex corporate organizations operating globally.